The podcast created the Alt Right.
The conversational nature of the podcasts have allowed them to take the canon of white supremacist philosophy, from the Conservative Revolution to the French New Right to “Race Realism,” and make it easily understood. Richard Spencer, the founder of the Alt Right and the person behind the National Policy Institute and the Radix Journal, was on the front line of this with his original podcast Vanguard Radio. He had on guests like Jared Taylor and even Pat Buchanan, and starting at AlternativeRight.com he has churned out hundreds of episodes on everything from immigration scandals to film analysis. He ported his original Vanguard Radio podcast over to the Radix Journal in the form of the Radix Journal Podcast, then merging with other media projects to form AltRight.com.
His ability to do this, however, has been halted as his hosting, SoundCloud, has finally booted him. After a “tweetstorm” from Alternet contributor Alex Kotch, SoundCloud responded and took down his podcast library. This is an important and useful tactic for antifascists as going after their media communication is critical for severing their ability to recruit and organize. We have gone after many Alt Right podcasts in the past, helping to get podcasts like The Daily Shoah and Fash the Nation removed from SoundCloud. Spencer has already had his podcast removed from iTunes due to pressure, and so has most of the Alt Right podcasts (Counter Currents Radio archive is still available on iTunes, however.).
As it stands, the Radix Journal is basically a ghost town. It has been all but formally abandoned, and now with their podcast feed severed there is even less reason for people to visit there. This is an incredible turn of events as the most popular Alt Right media outlets are being destroyed. This method of community pressure needs to be continued for other podcasts held by SoundCloud and distrubited by places like Stitcher. Right now, Kulture Kampf and others are still on SoundCloud, and the Red Ice Radio feed is still available on Stitcher. The advantage we have is the Terms of Service of these platforms preclude this type of content, so we can easily push them to remove them through mass community comments.
This is how it can work: First, figure out the podcast in question. Then single it out and promote the SoundCloud or other platform’s customer service lines, whether by phone, email, or social media. Then do mass contact asking it to be taken down, and give examples of the offensive content (which is incredibly easy to find). This can take them down one at a time, and will easily sever their most popular platforms.
Spencer will likely find some type of hosting that will be free from pressure and where he will continue to be able to keep his podcasts running. What that lacks, though, is a mass audience social networking component that he gets by using well known services. This is what has allowed the Alt Right to gain an audience quickly, because they use the same platforms as some of the biggest media names in the U.S. Once that is gone they will only be able to reach their core audience, and their ability to recruit will be destroyed.
Let’s keep this trend going.